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(smooth jazz music)
- Hi everyone!
It's your girl Jenn and
today I am finally filming

the how I lost weight video.
If I'm gonna be completely honest,
I kinda put this video off
because I know diet and nutrition

can be a very controversial topic online.
First off, I'm not a dietician,
I'm not a nutritionist,

I just literally used these tips
that I'm about to share
with you and I lost weight.

I can't guarantee that
it's gonna work for you

because everyone's body is unique
and some bodies just react differently.
All I know is that these tips
have helped me lose weight

and that's all I can claim.
So now that's out of the way,
let me just give you
some stats about my bod.

Last year in 2016, I was
the heaviest I ever was,

I was 120 pounds and for my
frame, that really showed.

And now today in 2017, I
am a 100 to a 105 pounds.

This took a full year to lose the weight
so please do not expect
this to happen overnight.

It is a gradual process.
The only advice I can give
you is to start today.

Start on your next meal
and don't look back.

So I'm gonna rundown the 10 tips
that have contributed to my weight loss.
A lot of it is common sense
but sometimes you just
need a little refresher.

My first tip is to find healthy foods
that you actually love eating.
It's not realistic to have a salad
for every single meal for
the rest of your life.

It's just unattainable.
Go out there and go on a food tour,
find the healthy foods that you
just freakin' love
eating and create a list.

So throughout the years, I've learned
that I love broccoli, green
beans, mushrooms, tofu,

I can eat so much of that
and never get sick of it.

Don't force yourself to
eat that dry kale salad

if you don't like dry kale.
And I don't go out of my way
to eat healthy foods that I don't like.
For example, I don't like
cucumbers, I don't like tomatoes,

and I don't force myself to eat it
just because it's healthy.
I just avoid them and
eat other healthy foods

and it's really worked out well for me
so go out there, create
a list, and stick to it.

The second tip is very important,
it is to have no distractions
while you're eating.

I know it's like second
nature at this point

to get your hot pile of food,
turn on the TV or laptop

and just tune out and eat.
Your brain takes around 20
minutes to realize that it's full

and when you're not paying
attention to your body,

you don't know when that time comes.
And I've noticed that
whenever I watch something

and I'm eating, I tend to
eat even more and even faster

and a lot of the times,
I'm finished with my food

but the show's still going so I'll go back
and get seconds just so I can
like, let the good times roll.

But if you wanna lose
weight, it's easier to know

what your body is saying to
you when everything is off.

I always try and stop
eating right when I get

to the sweet spot and
that is the spot where

I'm not hungry anymore but
I'm not like, completely full.

It's that really nice in between
and I feel like the
Japanese have a word for it

but I don't know, that's
where I try and stop eating

and that's really helped
me maintain my figure

and it's tricky, believe me.
It's really hard to get that spot
because it's so tempting to just eat
until your stomach's like, "Oh god, No!"
like, that's where I used to love being.
It's been easier to maintain my weight
because I'm not
overindulging and overeating.

This next tip is something
that I've using since college

and it's to have smaller plates and bowls.
So if you look in our shelves
you'll notice that we have two sizes,
we've got a normal big one for Ben,
and we've got a smaller one for me.
We've nicknamed it the baby plate
because it's just little.
And yeah, when I have a bigger plate
I tend to want to over-portion myself.
I wanna cram and fill the plate
so with the smaller
plate, I can still cram

all the food in but it's actually
the perfect portion for me.
Tip number four is to get a water bottle.
I feel like drinking water is one
of the most common diet
tips but it's so true.

When you are hydrated,
you're not really that hungry

and for me, I love having my sippy cup
because this makes me drink
so much water throughout the day.
And it's the CamelBak specifically,
I love the like, the bite valve
and I love how you have
to like suck the water in.

I go through maybe three or
four bottles of this a day

and so I make sure that I'm very hydrated.
Whenever you have a craving, chances are
you're just dehydrated or you're bored
and so whenever when I have
like, a hankering for some chips

or like any sort of snack or something,
I will chug half a bottle of this
and I'll wait 15 minutes
and if I'm still hungry

then I'll go have a snack
but most of the time, after I drink it,
I'm completely fine and I
can wait 'til my next meal.

I also should mention that
I don't drink any juices,

I don't drink any soda or like milk.
I only stick to water,
unsweetened tea, black coffee

and like, soda water,
that's pretty much it.

My favorite is La Croix,
it is so delicious,

it has zero calories and it just gives you
that carbonated kick
if you are missing it.

My fifth tip is to never skip
any meals especially breakfast.
I feel like I have kind
of programmed my body

to just wake up hungry so I
always, always have breakfast.

There's a reason why it's called
the most important meal of the day.
It's because it kicks off your metabolism.
And I've noticed that
when I skip my breakfast,

by the next meal, I am so hungry
I end up making really
stupid food decisions

so I'll just end up overeating
or I'll order something
like, really gnarly

like nachos or something.
It's easier to make mindful food choices
when your body is not starving.
Personally, I only eat three meals a day.
I know some people like to have
four to five smaller meals a day
but for me, it's just too much effort
to think of that many meals to eat
so I like to keep it simple,
breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

For my breakfast, that's
when I have most of my carbs,

I'll have beans on toast
or like an egg wrap.

For lunch, I can treat myself
of a sandwich, a burger, whatever,
But for dinner, that's when
I'm kind of the most strict.

When I was at like, my most
motivated to lose weight,

for dinner I would never have
any refined carbohydrates

so I wouldn't have any pasta,
I wouldn't have big fried rice dishes,
I would probably stick to veggies,
and a protein and that's it for dinner.
And then for breakfast,
I'll have my carbs.

This next tip is something
that I really struggled with

when I first moved back to LA in 2015.
I was eating out at
restaurants all the time

and I was ordering Postmates all the time.
When you go to restaurants,
even if you order

the healthy dish, you don't actually know
what the restaurants put into it.
Sure, there's a list of ingredients
but you don't know how
much butter they put,

you don't know how much
oil they put or msg,

the restaurant's objective
is to make the food

taste as good as possible
and keep you coming back

and it's a business so it makes sense
so that's why it's just easier
to just cook your own meal.

You know exactly what you put in it
and I know it's like easy to say
like, "oh, I'm not a
good cook, I can't cook"

but you just need to cook three recipes.
Learn how to make three healthy recipes
and then you can build from there.
It's impossible to just
completely avoid restaurants

for the rest of your life,
it's not gonna happen

so when I do eat out, I
like to have a balance.

So I have this rule called The 2 Rule.
So I either pick an appetizer, an entree
or an entree and dessert.
I'll never get all three,
or if I do get all three,
it's like a special occasion

but yeah, you don't need all three,
you don't need an appetizer,
entree, and dessert

that's just a full package.
You just need two.
Tip number seven is to
reduce your alcohol intake.

When I was at my heaviest,
I was probably drinking

may two or three times a week
and it definitely showed.

There's a lot of empty calories in alcohol
and the problem with me was I
would always have drunchies.

When I would come home drunk,
I would just open up my cupboard,
make a snack, throw it in the microwave
and I would just eat all of
it to soak up the alcohol

and then go to sleep.
But I mean I don't even know
if that's scientifically proven

but basically, I would eat all that shit
and I would wake up the
next morning, hungover

and I would always order a burrito.
Yeah, it was like a vicious cycle.
Obviously, I still drink.
I like to go out and have a good time
but I only drink once a week now.
If I'm gonna drink more than once a week,
then I'll only have one drink, that's it.
And every time I go out,
I only have a vodka soda

with fresh lime, that is my
favorite drink of choice.

But then I call it the Skinny Minnie
because it only has the
calories of the vodka

and I think a shot of vodka is what,
like a hundred calories, and that's it!
This next tip is about snacking.
I don't keep any snacks
that tempt me in my house

because I'm the type of person
where if I have Hot Cheeto Fries
or just any form of Hot
Cheetos, I have to eat the bag.

It's kinda like, calling my
name as I'm just in the house.

So I just like to cut the temptation
and not have any of it in my house.
If I really, really want them,
then I'll have to get off
my ass and go by them.

But if they're not in the house,
then I'm not thinking about it.
So I know I've been blabbing
a lot about food and diet

so I'm gonna talk about
the next obvious thing which is exercise.
I like to exercise around
three to five times a week

and when I was training super hard,
I was going five times a week
and that in combination with
all the tips that I said

made me really shredded.
For the first two months,
a lot of that weight came
off because of those.

I know the ratio is something
like 80% diet and 20% fitness

but when you put the exercise in,
that 20% goes a long way
and when you are just
combining both those forces,

a lot of it just melts off.
So it's really important
to find a form of exercise

that you hate the least.
So whether it is kickboxing,
palates, swimming,

running, whatever, for
me, it is to train alone.

I love going to the gym
by myself, it's become

my own little sanctuary.
Each of my workouts are
around 50 minutes long.

I am obsessed with this
app called Seconds.

I have talked about it
in a previous video.

It's basically like my
little personal trainer.

So I like to start off
with 20 minutes of cardio.

I'll use my high-intensity
interval training workout

so I'll be on the
StairMaster for five minutes

just walking normally, and then I'll run
on the StairMaster for 30 seconds,
and then I'll walk again
for a minute and 30 seconds,

and then I'll run again for 30 seconds.
And I'll do this six times
and then I'll cool off

with five minutes of
walking on the StairMaster.

And by the end of this, I am
literally drenched in sweat

and now I'm ready for
my strength training.

For my 30 minutes of strength training
I won't get too into it but
I basically have created

a bunch of playlists that work
different parts of my body out.
So I have three full body workouts,
I have one for the waist,
one for the abs and arms, it all depends.
I feel like I'm just
gonna do a separate video

on that workout because
if I incorporate that

into this video, I feel
like it'd be way too long.

So be prepared for my
workout video in the future.

These days, I only workout
three times a week.

It's because I'm not
trying to lose any weight,

I'm only trying to maintain
the body I have right now.

I'm really happy with my weight
and I'm not trying to change anything.
I've noticed that since I've been doing
the strength training and the weights,
it's been easier to just
keep my body the way it is.

My last tip is to find motivation
that really resonates with you.
Back in the day, I feel like a lot
of my weight loss inspiration
was quite superficial.

It was just about like, "I
wanna be skinny for my birthday"

or "I wanna be skinny for Coachella."
Once I've found a deeper reason
of why I wanted to be fit,

it just propelled me to stay in shape.
The reason why I exercise
and I tried my best

to stay in shape is for my mental health.
I've noticed that back in the day,
when I wasn't working out consistently,
I had a lot more breakdowns,
I had a lot of meltdowns

and I was just very sensitive to stress.
Now that I workout three
to five times a week,

I don't really have that
issue that much anymore.

I'm not perfect but I am so much better
than how I was last year.
Some days, I just wake
up and I am just bummed

but before, I would just kind of be bummed
and just let it be like a sad day.
Now, if I'm feeling sad
or if I'm feeling anxious

or stressed, I hit the gym
because 95% of the time,

I come back after a
workout and I feel better.

Ben is the most important
person in my life

and he lives with me and I
hated being the Debbie Downer.

Ben is generally a super positive person
and having a bad attitude
is just so contagious

and I hated bringing him down
and so I knew that this is something
that I really needed to work on
and exercise has helped me so much.
So find a reason that
really sticks with you

whether it's because
you wanna be stronger,

you want to be able to lift something,
whether you wanna run a marathon,
or you wanna have inner with yourself,
once you find a deeper goal,
it's easier to stick with it.

Alright guys, those are my top
10 tips on how I lost weight.

Honestly, the first month
is the hardest, I swear,

but once you pass that hurdle,
it's all downhill from there.
And then once you start
seeing physical changes

in your body, and once like
pants start to feel loose,

then it becomes even easier.
If you'd like to leave any diet
tips in comments down below

or words of encouragement,
I'd love to hear them.

I just want this to be
like a positive place

for people to talk about
fitness and nutrition.

If there's something that
you don't agree with me,

it would be awesome if you just said it
in a constructive way as opposed to
a way of just attacking me.
My point is not to shame
people into losing weight.

It's just for the people
that need that extra kick

to wanna live a healthier lifestyle.
So I hope you guys enjoy
the rest of your day.

Thank you so much for watching
and I'll see you guys in the next one.
Bye!
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